15 ridiculously easy holiday recipes to make this festive season. You'll look like a kitchen rock star with these delicious recipes!
If you've been a reader here at The Café for any length of time, then you know all about our Ridiculously Easy recipe series.
These recipes need certain characteristics to qualify as ridiculously easy. They need to be:
- A recipe that takes minimal effort and minimal hands-on time to put together. (Resting, rising or chilling time is not taken into consideration.)
- It’s also one that produces fabulous, super delicious results, ie, results that “appear” to have taken lots of time, talent, prowess and/or hard work.
- Ridiculously Easy recipes have to work well on those busy days when time is short and expectations are high.
- And last, Ridiculously Easy recipes are perfect for entertaining, mostly because of the first two characteristics. They take the stress out of dinner parties and gatherings of families and/or friends and allow you more time to enjoy your guests. Bottom line? They are super simple, something anyone can do. (Shhhh! We’ll keep that part our little secret.)
So, you can see why these recipes are perfect for holiday entertaining! We've included just a few of our favorites from the archives, but there are many, many more to explore. Make things easier on yourself and give these recipes a try this holiday season. Enjoy!
Ridiculously Easy Sticky Pecan Rolls
Oh my! These Ridiculously Easy Sticky Pecan Rolls taste like they are a labor of love from a fine, fancy bakery but they come together quickly with the convenience of frozen puff pastry.
Ridiculously Easy Sea-Salted Pumpkin Microwave Caramels
Make these buttery, chewy Sea-Salted Pumpkin Microwave Caramels (with real pumpkin!) in way less than an hour. Then wait for the rave reviews to come rolling in! The free printable labels make them perfect for gifting!
Ridiculously Easy Rosemary Bread
This Ridiculously Easy Rosemary Bread takes 5 minutes to prep, 10 minutes to shape and it looks like it comes from an artisan bakery! Oh, and it's ridiculously delicious too!
Ridiculously Easy Buttermilk Biscuits
These tall, flaky, Ridiculously Easy Buttermilk Biscuits take less than 10 minutes to throw together. They're also ridiculously delicious!
Ridiculously Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding
An unbelievably easy, actually, Ridiculously Easy Sticky Toffee Pudding recipe that makes its own sauce! It sounds crazy, but this recipe creates a light, delicious cake with its own buttery, rich toffee sauce right underneath!
Ridiculously Easy Raspberry Coulis
Just a fancy name for a delicious, super versatile raspberry sauce, this Ridiculously Easy Raspberry Coulis pairs fabulously with chocolate, lemon and a zillion other desserts! Along with being ridiculously easy, it's also ridiculously delicious!
Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread
With less than 10-minutes of hands-on time and no-kneading, the name Ridiculously Easy Focaccia Bread says it all! Almost. It's also ridiculously delicious!
Ridiculously Easy Orange Olive Oil Cake
This delicious, tender-crumbed Orange Olive Oil Cake can be thrown together in minutes with just one bowl and a whisk. The crisp, candy-like, fresh orange glaze adds fantastic flavor and a beautiful presentation!
Ridiculously Easy Almond Croissants
If you've got 20 minutes, that's all it takes (hands-on time) to put together these Ridiculously Easy Almond Croissants. They look like they came from a fine French patisserie and they're ridiculously delicious too!
Ridiculously Easy Orange Fig Jam (made with dried figs)
This Ridiculously Easy Orange Fig Jam is almost embarrassingly easy- combine dried figs (yes DRIED figs), sugar, orange juice and zest along with a splash of vinegar - cook, stir, puree - you're done! Then it's time to enjoy!
Ridiculously Easy Butterscotch Sauce
A fabulous, silky smooth sauce with the delicious flavors of butter and brown sugar, this Easy Butterscotch Sauce is wonderful drizzled on ice cream, tarts, pies and so much more!
Ridiculously Easy Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits
These Ridiculously Easy Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits can be thrown together with minimal effort and can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner! They're also ridiculously delicious!
Ridiculously Easy Brioche Dinner Rolls
These Ridiculously Easy Brioche Dinner Rolls practically make themselves! There's 15-20 minutes of light labor on your part (no-mixer, no-kneading!) then the yeast and oven work the crazy delicious magic!
Ridiculously Easy Orange Cranberry Scones
These Easy Orange Cranberry Scones are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and can be made ahead. Pop them in the oven just before serving, for easy entertaining!
Ridiculously Easy Basque Sweet Potato Cheesecake
This fabulous Basque Sweet Potato Cheesecake comes together in minutes... give ingredients a whir in the blender, pour it into a pan, and bake, that's it! Ridiculously easy, ridiculously delicious!
Thought for the day:
“Cast all your anxiety on Him
because He cares for you”.
1 Peter 5:7
What we're listening to for inspiration: